Robert McParland

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books

Native Sons to King's Men- The Literary Landscape of 1940s America

Citizen Steinbeck Published

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Beyond Gatsby: How Fitzgerald, Hemingway and the Writers of the 1920s Shaped American Culture. Published April 1, 2015. Now available.

Robert McParland's essay on Quadrophenia "To the Sea and Sand" appears in the recently published The Who and Philosophy, edited by Rocco Gennaro and Casey Harison.

Mark Twain's Audience

Mark Twain's Audience offers a cultural history of late nineteenth century America through the responses of Mark Twain's readers to his writings.

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books Now Published - December 15, 2018

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books in Libraries

December 15, 2018

Tags: libraries, history, bestselling books, American literature, popular culture

Public libraries (Denver, Seattle, Dallas, Fairfax, Rochester, Onondaga) and university libraries have begun to acquire the first library copies of Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books, which was published on December 15.

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books Published December 2018

December 15, 2018

Tags: history, bestselling books, American literature, popular culture

Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books is a cultural study of America and American popular culture seen through the bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles from 1900 to 2018. This book is a reference volume that investigates the responses of readers, lists all top bestselling books, discusses publication trends, and provides biographical sketches of bestselling authors.

Citizen Steinbeck Lecture

October 4, 2016

Tags: America, citizens, John Steinbeck; presidential election

Robert McParland addressed an audience in northern New Jersey on October 31 on Citizen Steinbeck, concerning the life and works of John Steinbeck and the current presidential election. Citizen Steinbeck was published in October 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield.

Beyond Gatsby

May 1, 2015

Tags: 1920s, America, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Lewis, Cather, Dos Passos, Stein, Faulkner

Beyond Gatsby has been published (April 2015). It will be featured in the book display at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston later this month. The book is about American culture and writers of the 1920s.

Mark Twain's Audience Reading and Signing

December 1, 2014

Tags: reading, book signing

Robert McParland spoke about his book Mark Twain's Audience at a reception at Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey on Thursday, November 20, 4:00-6:00 P.M..

Mark Twain's Audience

July 11, 2014

Tags: Mark Twain, book history, readers, audience

"Mark Twain's Audience" has been published.

"This is more than a study of literary influence. Robert McParland has driven a core sample deep into the history of American culture, revealing the responses that Mark Twain evoked in readers of all social and ethnic backgrounds." - Jonathan Rose, Author of The Literary Churchill.

Short Story "My True Love Sent to Me" in Pomona Valley Review May 2014 Issue

May 10, 2014

Tags: Short story; True Love

It's Christmas in May as the short story "My True Love Sent to Me" appears this month in the Pomona Valley Review.

"Dickens and Opera" Appears in "The Human"

August 10, 2013

Tags: Dickens, opera, sound, language

"The Human" has published "Dickens and Opera" on sound in Dickens's writing, his visit to Italy, and his interest in Itaian opera.

"Bringing Smoky Home" in Pomona Valley Review

April 24, 2013

Tags: Short story

The short story "Bringing Smoky Home" will appear in the Pomona Valley Review.

Selected Works

History; Bestselling Books; Literature
America's favorite books across the past 100 years are discussed in this new book published on December 15, 2018.
Science fiction and mythology have often been present in the imagery, lyrics, and sound of progressive rock music and in other styles of rock music. This book looks at the work of David Bowie, ELO, Alan Parsons, ELP, Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult, Rush, and other bands.
History; Literary Criticism
Cultural History-Literary Criticism-Critical Biography
Citizen Steinbeck covers the career and works of American author John Steinbeck.
Literature and Cultural History
Beyond Gatsby discusses the American writers of the 1920s.
Literature and Cultural History
Reader response, book history, and American cultural history.
This is the first study of Dickensís American readers and audience for his American readings.Bela Kornitzer Award Winner.
Film Studies
Film and Literary Modernism is a collection of essays about the arts, literary modernism, and film making from 1900 through the 1960s.
Explores the connections between music and literature.
This study of Conradís themes, style, and techniques is for those writing on his works.
A collection of short stories.

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